Nick Burdi Has Second Tommy John Surgery, Will Be Designated for Assignment

Adam Berry is reporting that Nick Burdi underwent his second Tommy John surgery last month and will miss the 2021 season.  Facing today’s deadline for activating players from the 45-day injured list, the Pirates will designate Burdi for assignment.  Burdi’s 2020 season was cut short after two appearances by an injury that the Pirates ultimately called a “significant forearm strain.”  At some unknown point (given the team’s newfound commitment to increased “transparency”), the diagnosis evidently gave way to a second ligament replacement.

Burdi seems likely to clear waivers.  He still hasn’t satisfied the roster requirements under Rule 5, but he’s eligible for minor league free agency now.  I think that means that, if nobody claims him off waivers, he simply becomes a free agent.  The Pirates could try to sign him to a minor league deal.